The Hope of the World
I confess: I’m a conservative Republican. This morning I am disturbed by yesterday’s results that have Barak Obama reelected for a second term. I am deeply dismayed that the majority of people in our nation have embraced a party and candidate that militantly defend a woman’s right to murder her baby and the abominable idea of homosexual marriage. Though I do not buy the entire Republican rhetoric and platform, I believe that bigger government will not solve our problems but only make them worse. I think our current fiscal policies will bankrupt us. The Obama administration’s foreign policy, I believe, makes our nation less secure.
All of this, except for the pro-life and marriage issues, is debatable among Christians along party lines. I’m willing to grant that and understand there will be differences of opinion between God’s people. I don’t see, however, how any Bible-believing Christian can support the so-called “pro-choice” and homosexual agenda that the Democratic Party aggressively promotes.
How did we get here? Read Robert Bork’s brilliant Slouching Towards Gomorrah for starters. The mainstream media created Obama’s presidency and is primarily responsible for re-electing him. It is not a level playing field. Bork explains the reality of social engineering in his book as he documents liberalism’s progressive takeover of higher education, entertainment, and the media since the middle of the twentieth century.
These are critical days in which we live. As difficult as they may be, we are privileged to live during this time. We should learn that the kingdoms of this world and the Kingdom of God are not the same; they are not even complementary. The Church has always compromised its divine mission when it allied itself with the world’s systems – whether it was the Holy Roman Empire that ruled Europe for over seven hundred years or the American evangelical alliance with the Republican Party that has marginalized our message for the last thirty years. Jesus told Pilate, the puppet ruler of perhaps the greatest superpower the world has ever known, “my kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). He then defeated the evil powers that crucified him by his resurrection three days later. As people who have been graciously invited into Christ’s kingdom, we must remember, “He made known the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:9-10).
I believe that we have the privilege and the obligation to be politically engaged as Christian citizens. But being overcome by dismay is not living by faith. Romney certainly isn’t Lord of all and neither is Obama. America, regardless of what Reagan said, is not the hope of the world. Only Jesus is Lord and his enterprise, the Church, offers the Hope this world needs.
There are two kingdoms. Only one of them is eternal. Let our loyalty and our confidence rest there.